Lady Charmaine Day, host of the popular radio show Taboo Talk wrote an detailed and educational article on Bipolar Disorder. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:
There are many stereotypes that exist about what bipolar disorder is (i.e., an unsuccessful, unaccomplished and deranged person). I don't fit the profile of what someone who is bipolar can accomplish or looks like. I am a 40 year-old African-American woman who holds a bachelors degree from Cornell University, a masters degree from Columbia University and over twenty years of Fortune 50 and non-profit human resources experience. These days I am a mental health advocate, an ordained pastor, have a Christian Blogtalkradio show called Taboo Talk , and have authored and published four books, including my autobiography Size 7 1/2: Walk a Mile in My Shoes andOne Step From Insanity: Actual Words From the Psych Ward, wherein I detail my descent into mental illness. And while I may not "look" like I am bipolar, I too, because of this diagnosis, have been stigmatized , demonized, misunderstood, underestimated, marginalized and called crazy. Because of this, I am writing this article to educate others about the disease and to minimize the stigma that surrounds the condition.
I was interviewed about the characteristics of Bipolar Disorder on Page 2:
Dr. Moshe Lewis, who has served as a facilitator for the National Alliance on Meantal Illness (NAMI), says, “ bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a psychological illness where people can have one or more episodes of severe mood swings that can range from depression to a euphoric state also known as mania. These changes may be subtle or dramatic and can vary greatly over the course of a person’s life as well as among individuals. For example, in mixed states one can have features of depression and mania at the same time. Over 10 million people in America have bipolar disorder, and the illness affects men and women equally. Bipolar disorder is a chronic and typically a life-long condition with recurring episodes of mania and depression that can last from days to months. Some people can rapidly cycle bck and forth between these episodes. This means people with bipolar disorder can be very high functioning overachievers with episodes of depression and non-productivity that really slow them down and can make them suicidal without proper diagnosis and treatment.”